August 20 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Outrageous Grace

August 16th, 2017

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First Reading   Isaiah 56:1,6-7

The Lord reveals his salvation to all.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8

All the nations will praise God.

 

Second Reading Romans 11:13-15,29-32

God's favor to Israel is irrevocable.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 15:21-28

 

Jesus heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman because of her great faith.

 

Knowing about Jesus debate with the Pharisees helps us to understand this coming Sunday's Gospel. In fact the story heightens the surprise and shock we feel as we hear Jesus exchange with the Canaanite woman. The woman, who is not Jewish, approaches Jesus, requesting that he heal her demon-possessed daughter. At first Jesus ignores her; he says nothing. The disciples ask Jesus to send her away, and Jesus agrees, remarking that he was sent to minister to the Jews alone.